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Cape Petrel

(Daption capense)
Alternate name(s): "Pintado Petrel", "Cape Fulmar"; misnomer: "Cape Pigeon"
Size: 35-40 cm; wing span 80-90 cm
Weight: 350-550 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Cape Petrel at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Cape Petrel in flight (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Southern Ocean, January 2005]


View from above onto a group of three Cape Petrels in flight; the bird at the centre, with shorter primaries, may be a juvenile (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Southern Ocean, January 2005]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Nov - Mar Eggs: 1 Incubation period: 45 days Fledging age: ca. 55 days

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male


"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Rock crevice or bowl Material: Pebbles Height above ground: N/A

Cape Petrels nest in smaller colonies than other species of petrels. The nests are usually less than 1 km from the coast. If not built under overhanging rocks or in crevices, nearby rocks on flat ground are used for partial protection.

Pair of Cape Petrels defending its nest against a neighbour or intruder (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]


"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 72 x 52 mm Colour: White Shape: Long tapered oval

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